Is Trump just bluster about wind farm?

Is Trump just bluster about wind farm?

Published Jan. 18, 2012 12:00 a.m. ET

American billionaire Donald Trump vowed to abandon his $1.2 billion luxury Scottish golf resort if the government allowed a proposed wind farm to be built nearby.

The real-estate mogul believes that if plans for 11 turbines in northeastern Scotland's Aberdeen Bay go ahead, it would spoil the views from his resort, the Trump International Golf Links, which is less than two miles away at Menie Estate, Balmedie.

He told Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal he would not spend "another penny" on the estate until he was certain the offshore renewable energy project would be built elsewhere.

Last month, Trump demanded that the Scottish government hold a public inquiry into the windfarm plans.


His warning comes just a day after the tycoon was finally given the official Scottish coat of arms he longed for.

The insignia, which features images of a lion, stars and an eagle clutching a golf ball, will be used to promote the resort, which is due to open this summer.

Trump first announced his plans to build the golf resort in March 2006, but his proposal took more than two years to gain approval as conservationists opposed the plan.

But despite the protests, Trump gained permission to build a championship golf course, a second 18-hole links golf course, a hotel and 950 houses.

The plans for a clubhouse also were blasted as "gross" and "not worthy of Disneyland" by one of Scotland's best-known architects, Andy MacMillan, in September 2011.